Average Bench: 99.7% (20th of 1323)

Based on 15,454 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000A0671 Model: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600K @ 3.90GHz

The i5-11600K is the best value "top tier" CPU in Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S lineup. With a simple overclock it offers almost the same levels of performance as the 11900K. Rocket Lake brings higher IPC (early samples indicate +19%) which translates to around a 10% faster Effective Speed than both Intel's 10th Gen and AMD’s 5000 series. Despite Intel’s performance lead, AMD continues to outsell Intel. Given the scale of Intel's operation, it’s inexplicable that their marketing remains so neglected. Little effort is made to counter widespread disinformation such as: “it uses too much electricity” or the classic: “it needs more cores”. Intel’s marketing samples are routinely distributed to reviewers that appear better incentivized to bury Intel's products rather than review them. Not enabling XMP or only testing with BIOS power limits enabled is akin to leaving the handbrake on during a race. Mind-numbing “scientific” and rendering benchmarks are presented as gospel. Different games, mostly unplayed by real users, are cherry picked for each “review”. When it's convenient, canned game benchmarks are chosen such as Ulletical’s CSGO which runs at nearly double the in-game fps. Credible benchmark data, which necessarily includes replicable video footage from popular games, is the exception rather than the rule. At every release, AMD’s marketers coordinate narratives to ensure another feast of blue blubber. Nonetheless, towards the end of 2021, Intel’s Golden Cove is due to offer an additional 20-30% performance increase. At that time, with a net 30-40% performance lead, Intel will probably regain significant market share despite AMD's class-leading marketing. In the meantime, most PC gamers need look no further than the 11400F. [Mar '21 CPUPro]

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-11600K averaged just 0.2% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-11600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 166Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 321Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-11600K is just 17.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-11600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,233Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 88Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 15,454 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.8 Memory 88 95.8
146 1-Core 166 174
276 2-Core 321 345
106% 192 Pts
Min Avg Max
520 4-Core 598 650
885 8-Core 983 1,066
100% 791 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,104 64-Core 1,233 1,308
82.8% 1,233 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.9
1-Core 172
2-Core 316
107% 193 Pts
4-Core 648
8-Core 991
105% 819 Pts
64-Core 1,264
85% 1,264 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 94
1-Core 166
2-Core 333
110% 198 Pts
4-Core 619
8-Core 1,029
104% 824 Pts
64-Core 1,333
90% 1,333 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.8
1-Core 171
2-Core 288
104% 183 Pts
4-Core 619
8-Core 978
102% 799 Pts
64-Core 1,244
84% 1,244 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.9
1-Core 172
2-Core 328
110% 198 Pts
4-Core 595
8-Core 1,056
103% 826 Pts
64-Core 1,321
89% 1,321 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.3
1-Core 169
2-Core 319
106% 191 Pts
4-Core 581
8-Core 952
97% 767 Pts
64-Core 1,225
82% 1,225 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 48,385,736 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $262 @ launch in Mar '21
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Gaming 202%
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Desktop 106%
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Workstation
Workstation 191%
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Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING Z590-PLUS WIFI

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 81% - Excellent Total price: $1,100

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 Comments

11th generation Rocket Lake processor...

Added 8 months ago.

Good

27 days ago.

Somewhat recommended for Windows 11


Excellent

17 days ago.

it's a absolute beast of a CPU !!! games run at like 8% to 20% on load which is basically on idle otherwise CPU temps is 28 on idle game play is like 40 to 50 max loving this CPU :D


Good

8 months ago.


Good

2 months ago.

good cpu on budget


Excellent

7 months ago.

best budget cpu ever


Excellent

7 months ago.

It's just awesome


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